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RE: Looking for opinion on ultrasound findings

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Posted by: cheesensweets at Thu Nov 6 14:48:40 2003  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by cheesensweets ]  
   

Thank you for your kind response.

My cat went from 11 pounds in June to 8 pounds last week which prompted my taking him in to get checked. The place where I took him for the ultrasound is one of the best in New England (VESCONE). My veterinarian has been in practice for 23 years. When she told me of the ultrasound findings she said that the abdominocentesis or exploratory surgery would be a 95-98% way to get a ďnameĒ and Iíd be putting my cat through a lot for just a name when the outcome is going to be the same. She also said that she doesnít even know that she can get any fluid from his belly and if she couldnít, sheíd have to go right to exploratory surgery. Also, I donít know if the masses within the mesentery can all be removed without some major complications. She also said that he is already sick (although sometimes he doesnít look it) so why put him through all that. As mentioned, I did a ton of thinking and reading about the situation and came to the conclusion that Iíd make him as happy as possible and not put him through all the poking and prodding heíd be subjected to. I donít know if I have the heart, and if he has the strength, to go through surgery, possibly followed by chemo if it will only prolong and not cure. She told me to keep an eye on his eating and when he no longer eats then Iíll know itís time. He is eating okay and Iíve been giving him Hills a/d and Nutrical.

I guess the nature of my posting was probably out of guilt that I feel by not doing the abdominocentesis. Iím certainly not doubting my vet but sometimes Iím in denial and feel like I need to hear from others that itís ďnot goodĒ and that I am doing the right thing. I feel like I am but certainly get my moments where I feel I could do more butÖwhen I see my cat happy and purring at home, I want to leave him that way. For what itís worth, I do plan on having post-mortem testing done since if it is FIP I need to know because I have two other cats. My vet doesnít suspect that, however, as much as she suspects cancer.

Iím sorry if this message seems rambling. My mind has been going in circles since last week. I appreciate any further insight.


   

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